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Video:How to Make Peppermint Bark

with Elizabeth LaBau

Peppermint Bark is a beloved holiday candy made with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and lots of crushed candy canes. Learn how easy it is to make peppermint bark at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Peppermint Bark

Ingredients for Peppermint Bark

To make peppermint bark, you will need:
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) chopped dark chocolate, or chips
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) chopped white chocolate, or chips
  • 8 large or 40 small peppermint candy canes

Pour Chocolate into Baking Sheet

Melt the chopped dark chocolate in the microwave, and stir until it is smooth and entirely melted. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and pour the chocolate onto the sheet. Use an offset spatula or knife to spread it to a thin layer, a little more than 1/8" thick. The chocolate doesn't have to fill up the entire sheet, as it will be broken up later anyhow. Place the tray in the refrigerator to set the dark chocolate while you prepare the white chocolate layer.

Crush Candy Canes

Next we need to crush the candy canes into small bits. If you have a food processor you can use that, but if not, it's easy to do by hand. Place the unwrapped candy canes in a plastic bag and seal the top. Use a heavy rolling pin to crush and roll them until they're in very small pieces, almost candy cane dust. The crushed candy pieces will get sticky if left for a long time at room temperature, so do this step right before you're ready to use them. Pour the crushed candy canes into a bowl.

Create Candy Cane Layer and White Chocolate Layer

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, and stir until it is smooth and entirely melted. Pour about three-quarters of the candy cane pieces into the melted white chocolate, and stir until they're evenly mixed. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and spread the chunky white chocolate in an even layer over the dark chocolate. Don't worry if you don't cover every edge, it doesn't have to be precise.

Add Remaining Candy Cane Pieces

While the white chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the rest of the candy cane pieces over the entire surface. Press down very slightly to ensure they stick. Place the tray back in the refrigerator to set the chocolate, for about 30 minutes.

Cut and Serve or Package Peppermint Bark

Once the chocolate is completely set, break it into small pieces. I like to cut it first, then finish breaking it by hand. This peppermint bark is a wonderful way to welcome in the holiday season, and it always makes a popular gift or an addition to a holiday candy plate.
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